We’ve all seen our dogs do it, we’ve seen it millions of times on the internet and we can’t get enough of it. It’s the guilty dog face. Why do dogs really make the face though? Do they really feel guilt like us humans?
Science says no. Researchers have suggested our dogs are simply reacting to our body language rather than actually experiencing guilt.
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Here’s a more detailed description of the study according to The Telegraph: “I had a client who had three dogs and whenever something happened like a shoe was chewed, it was always one of them that had the guilty look,” Dr. Ljerka Ostojic, a psychologist from Cambridge University in England, told The Telegraph. “Yet often she was not the dog who had done it. She was just the most timid dog, and got frightened more quickly by her owner’s reaction.”
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So maybe the guilty dog face isn’t real but I’m going to keep telling myself it is. Sorry science it’s just too cute to not be real.
Watch these naughty pugs, who clearly feel no need for the guilty face: